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Bwa statue (N° 22339)

On the face of these male-female Bwa statues, triple scarifications in bundles called "the number of ancestors" would evoke the posts supporting the houses of the ancestors. The legs disappear into a massive, eroded base, restored with metal staples.
This type of sculpture would be associated with the rituals of fertility and fertility, and appeared among the masks at the ceremonies of purification of the village, receiving offerings and libation from the participants. Matte velvety patina. Cracks.
A population established on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and Mali, the Bwa are divided into three endogamous castes: blacksmiths, griots and farmers. The Bwa believe in a god Difini, creator of the world, who later abandoned it to his son Do. In addition to the cult rendered to Do, the Bwa also honor their ancestors by means of sacrifices in a sacred hut. Do also has a specific box in which cult objects are stored. Source: "Sculptures of the Three Voltas" Massa and Lauret  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm48
Width25 cm
Weight2.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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